This talk was recorded
at the Institute for Critical Animal Studies Oceania 2016 Conference in Canberra.
You can find out more information about this conference here: http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/oceania-conference/
You can listen to other
talks from this conference here.
You can also listen to a recap of the conference
on episode 152 of
Progressive Podcast Australia.
Below is further information
about the talk from the conference booklet, available here: http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/booklet/
Animals and Art panel
Nicole will introduce you to Ella and share some special
moments from the book. She will talk about her motivations for writing the
picture book and why she chose elephants as the first animal to feature. She
will discuss her views on the need for the artwork, in this case a picture
book, to stand on its own as art as well as being a tool for activism. For her,
the book would not have been as effective and as well received if it didn’t
deliver a story that children love and a character they could relate to. She
believes that the activism and art have to balanced. Nicole will also talk
through who she is trying to influence. While she is obviously trying to plant
seeds of compassion for animals with children and build on their natural
inclination for kindness, she has also found that the book is influencing a
broad range of other people.
Biography: Nicole creates picture books featuring animals
who don’t have a voice of their own. Nicole is an author who takes children on
a journey, where they see the world through animals’ eyes. Her debut book Ella
was launched as part of the Canberra Writers Festival on 28 August. It tells
the story of a baby elephant taken from her mum to work in the tourism
industry. Ella is the first in a series of picture books focusing on animals
used in tourism.
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